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The IMA Annual Luncheon will be in-person at the Sheraton Grand Chicago on Friday, December 8, 2023, with the popular Breakout Education Sessions held virtually each day of the week leading up to the event. The Annual Luncheon features keynote remarks, a celebration of the Manufacturer of the Year, and Member Milestone Anniversary Awards!


Peter Zeihan

Geopolitical Strategist

Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist, which is a fancy way of saying he helps people understand how the world works. Peter combines an expert understanding of demography, economics, energy, politics, technology, and security to help clients best prepare for an uncertain future.

Over the course of his career, Peter has worked for the US State Department in Australia, the DC think tank community, and helped develop the analytical models for Stratfor, one of the world’s premier private intelligence companies. Peter founded his own firm — Zeihan on Geopolitics — in 2012 in order to provide a select group of clients with direct, custom analytical products. Today those clients represent a vast array of sectors including energy majors, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities and the U.S. military.

With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines, his irreverent approach transforms topics that are normally dense and heavy into accessible, relevant takeaways for audiences of all types.

Peter is a critically-acclaimed author whose first two books — The Accidental Superpower and The Absent Superpower — have been recommended by Mitt Romney, Fareed Zakaria and Ian Bremmer. His most recent books are titled Disunited Nations: The Scramble for Power in an Ungoverned World and The End of the World Is Just the Beginning.


CSL Behring

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association is proud to announce CSL Behring’s selection as the recipient of the 2023 Barry L. MacLean Manufacturer of the Year that will be awarded at the IMA’s 130th Annual Luncheon on December 8, 2023, at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.

“I’m excited to honor CSL Behring as the 2023 Manufacturer of the Year in Illinois for their remarkable achievements in the field of biosciences. Their innovation and leadership in developing advanced treatments have saved the lives of countless people across the world,” said Mark Denzler, President & CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. “Their unrelenting drive and commitment to producing groundbreaking treatments for patients makes them an important part of the global healthcare community, and we are proud to recognize them as the very best of Illinois’ manufacturing sector.”

The IMA’s annual award recognizes a company for their leadership in six core areas:

  • Manufacturing Advocacy: Serves as a strong voice for the manufacturing industry at the local, state, or national level.
  • Operational Excellence: Creates a profound and lasting impact on stakeholders, companies, markets, and suppliers within the manufacturing sector with a strong entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Innovation & Technology: Committed to innovation, Research & Development, transformative product development, or technological advances.
  • Workforce Development & Diversity: Focused on building the next generation of leaders through support of education and workforce development programs.
  • Community Engagement: Demonstrates long-term commitment to local community, charitable, and philanthropic efforts.
  • Sustainability: Supports sustainable methods of production and elimination of non-value added activities from operations.

“Thank you for the tremendous honor of being named 2023 Manufacturer of the Year,” said Abner Garcia-Delgado, VP Manufacturing and Kankakee Site Head. “We are proud of the work we do to save lives and this recognition reinforces the impact we have locally and for our patients around the world.”


10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Registration

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM: Networking Reception and Exhibits

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch Program

Virtual Breakout Session #1: Anticipating The Future

Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 10:00 AM

What does the crystal ball forecast for 2024? In a world that is anything but predictable, what are some trends or indicators to be watching for? This Breakout will look at the economic outlook, explore how to anticipate market shifts AND strategic planning strategies to position your company for 2024!

Virtual Breakout Session #2: Generative AI

Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 10:00 AM

Generative AI, being one of the most disruptive emerging technologies, has broad implications, potential benefits, and risks for manufacturing. This session will share insights into AI’s impact on manufacturing and explore the impact of generative AI in the near term with fellow IMA members. We’ll be talking about how to think about this disruptor from a business perspective over the next six months. Learn how you can optimize operations and use generative AI with safe and impactful results, with examples and concrete steps to optimize your operations for the best use of the technology.

Virtual Breakout Session #3: Building A Suite Of Tools For Workforce Solutions

Thursday, December 7, 2023, 10:00 AM

Join us as your fellow manufacturers share specific, powerful ideas that are working for them to retain employees and become a location that is sought out by future talent. This will be a deep dive into all aspects of creating a culture and reward system that works for manufacturers in the real world. We will examine a “suite of tools” that you can adapt and add to your company’s toolbox!

Breakout Session Only Registration

Cancellations must be received in writing by November 24, 2023.  Refunds will not be made after November 24, 2023.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Event Sponsor – $25,000

Includes premier seating and registration for two tables of 10

Program Sponsor – $20,000

Includes registration for two tables of 10

Lunch Sponsor – $15,000

Includes registration for one table of 10

Networking Reception Sponsor – $7,500

Includes registration for one table of 10

Gold Sponsor – $3,000

Includes registration for one table of 10

Table Sponsor – $2,500

Includes registration for one table of 10

Sponsorships must be confirmed by November 17 to be recognized in all promotional materials please

Sponsor Info

Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2023 IMA Annual Luncheon.